No, Russia, Wentworth Miller Will Not Come to Your Film Festival

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In light of Russia's new anti-LGBT legislation, actor Wentworth Miller used an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival as an opportunity to not only come out in a rather subtle way but to simultaneously admonish the country for targeting LGBT citizens. “As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline,” the Prison Break star wrote in a letter posted to GLAAD’s website Tuesday evening. He went on to call the “current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government ... in no way acceptable” and concluded that he looks forward to a time when “circumstances improve” and  he’s “free to make a different choice.” For their part, GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz praised Miller’s bold show of support and hopes it leads to even more celebrities and corporations following the Stoker writer’s “courageous lead in openly condemning Russia's anti-LGBT law."